Legislation

Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the dioceses of Rome, at the Vatican Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 09, 2019 - 3:13 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a event on medical billing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 09, 2019 - 12:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's effort to limit "surprise medical bills" (all times local): 1 p.m. President Donald Trump is ratcheting up pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to lower prices and announcing a new effort to end "surprise medical bills" for patients with...
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May 08, 2019 - 7:48 pm
Good evening! Here's a look at how AP's news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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May 08, 2019 - 7:11 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill intended to improve safety for ride sharing services prompted by the killing of a college student in March is close to heading to the South Carolina governor's desk. The state Senate unanimously approved the bill that would require ride sharing drivers for companies...
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May 08, 2019 - 2:15 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A clean-energy advocacy group wants an investigation into whether a North Carolina legislator is violating ethics laws by doing legal work for a Duke Energy Corp. gas pipeline project while also pushing legislation the company wants. The group NC WARN filed a complaint...
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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, shows the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. Federal privacy regulators are under scrutiny in Congress as they negotiate a record fine with Facebook to punish the company for alleged violations of its users' privacy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
May 08, 2019 - 1:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal privacy regulators are getting a sympathetic hearing from Congress for their request for greater powers and funding to police privacy. Lawmakers from both parties are warning that fines against big companies may be inadequate to change their conduct. The Federal Trade...
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during an organizing event, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Ames, Iowa.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
May 08, 2019 - 9:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on battling the public health consequences of addiction. Warren's new opioids measure is modeled on a 1990...
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FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman, addresses members for the Senate at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The Manhattan Democrat is one of the main sponsors of a bill that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose the president's federal returns. The bill is expected to come up for a vote before the New York Senate on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
May 08, 2019 - 5:48 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's senate is poised to approve a bill that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose the president's federal returns. The bill...
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May 08, 2019 - 5:09 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has almost completed its biennial process of separating policy legislation between those with a chance of becoming law and those probably going back to the drawing board. Senate and House leaders set a Thursday deadline in which bills...
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In this May 6, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a town hall for the American Federation of Teachers in Detroit. Harris is introducing legislation to ease the burden on public defenders through a $250 million grant program. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
May 08, 2019 - 5:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris of California is introducing legislation to ease the burden on public defenders through a $250 million grant program. The legislation is being introduced Wednesday and is Harris' latest foray into criminal justice reform. The former...
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